A ‘bright yellow’ silk bed cover, made for export to Europe, embroidered with fanciful designs in the rococo manner. The yellow colour is exceptional and was a highly sought-after and fashionable colour in Europe. In China ‘bright yellow’ was reserved for the imperial family and its use by others was forbidden. The western traders were willing to pay a high price for embroidery on yellow embroidery. Most of this was in the form of bribes which the Chinese go-betweens paid to dyers and embroiderers to work with this colour, while the western traders paid off the Chinese Customs officials to turn a blind eye to their export.
Chinese, for the export market to Europe, 18th century
216 x 256.5 cms
From a private European Collection for at least three generations.
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